Michael Parekowhai is a prominent contemporary artist, whose practice has received national and international acclaim. He works across multiple disciplines, drawing on a range of personal and cultural narratives and referencing the canon of art history and popular culture. Parekowhai reconsiders traditional notions of art-making, with works that are conceptually based and multi-layered. His work often simultaneously alludes to Māori, New Zealand, and international concerns. Parekowhai graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with an MFA in 2000, where he now holds the position of Associate Professor in Fine Arts. Parekowhai’s work is held in major public and private collections in New Zealand and abroad. In 2001, Parekowhai became an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate, and in 2015, a major survey of his practice, which spans more than two decades, was hosted by the QAGOMA.